Mar 21, 2011 9:00pm EDT
announcements about u.s. wars, about u.s. military interventions. some of them amounting to small wars, some amounting to very large wars. now that the united states has embarked on its latest new military intervention in libya, i would love to be able to show you the current president's oval office address on the subject, but there isn't one. president obama did make a public statement saturday afternoon that we had started that military intervention in libya, but did so from the confines of a convention center in brazil. eight years to the day that george w. bush stared unsteadily into the camera and announced the iraq invasion, president obama announced his own military intervention, but pointedly declined the opportunity to do it in a way that u.s. presidents usually do. president obama taking all sorts of criticism from the right over the past few days for not cancelling his trade visit to latin america as a result of this military action in libya. and the white house knew that criticism would come. their decision to go ahead with the trip anyway, to forego the chest thumping commander
Mar 22, 2011 12:00am EDT
the opportunity to do that in a way that u.s. presidents usually do. president obama taking all sorts of criticism from the right for not cancelling his trade visit to latin america as a result of this military action in libya. the white house knew that criticism would come. their decision to go ahead with the trip and forego the chest-thumping commander in chief theater at the start of a military convention, that is a fascinating and blunt demonstration of how much this presidency is not like that of george w. bush. do you remember when george w. bush campaigned for president by saying he wanted america to have a humble foreign policy? candidates for president love to say stuff like that. >> i don't think it's a role of the united states to walk into a country and say we do it this way, so should you. >> the united states must be humble and proud of our values, but humble in figure out how to chart their course. >> candidates say stuff like that when they are running because americans like that idea. americans like to vote for the idea. we like that kind of talk and we expect it from candidates.
Mar 16, 2011 9:00pm EDT
. look. it appears to be number four that drove the u.s. government to dramatically break with the japanese government today, to start giving its own american assessment of what is going on at this reactor and these reactors instead of repeating what the japanese were saying. it is number four, or at least it appears to be the number four reactor that led the u.s. government to say that u.s. citizens should evacuate from an area around the reactor that is larger than what the japanese government has suggested. here is what's going on at reactor four. reactor four reportedly contains 130 tons of spent fuel. there's a reactor there. that was off when the quake happened. but it is still there. there's the reactor there, that was off. that's presumably cool shut down. then the spent fuel pool. 130 tons of spent fuel in that pool. for reference, that's about 28% less fuel than what blew up at chernobyl. the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission reportedly has its own experts on site at daiichi. even though japan is not saying this, american nuclear authorities, our nuclear regulat
Mar 18, 2011 9:00pm EDT
or airplanes. he stressed the u.s. is diplomatically supporting the no-fly zone, not the enforcement itself. no american troops on the ground, no american planes, no enforcement itself, that's what we know. what we don't know is a lot bigger. joining us now, eugene robinson, pulitzer prize winning columnist for "the washington post." thanks for being here. >> good evening, chris. >> what do you make of president obama's remarks on libya today? are we now at war? was that the communication? even coming away from it, i had a hard time answering that question for myself. >> when i heard the president's speech, i thought gee, we might be, and here is why. he said very clearly that as far as he's concerned and the united states is concerned, gadhafi has lost the legitimacy to lead. he forfeited the right to be president of libya, and he set these demands, gadhafi has to stop, he has to withdraw, these are not negotiable and there will be consequences. so that to me says we are going to use force to make gadhafi do what we want him to do. >> and of course, if he doesn't do what we want him to do,
Mar 7, 2011 9:00pm EST
abramoff's clients. or remember this, the northern marry and a islands, u.s. commonwealth, a helpful map, look, it is a dot. the u.s. government did an investigation into working conditions there, and found that sweatshop workers there were not only working in sweatshop conditions, they were forced into prostitution. they were forced to have abortions. so maybe stuff being manufactured under those conditions, forced abortions, maybe the stuff of corporations shouldn't carry the made in the usa label. maybe they haven't earned that. in the mid 1990s, jack abramoff took on the northern mariana islands as a client and put tim phillips and ralph reed on the case. they got them to lobby their member of congress in favor of forced abortion, forced prostitution sweatshop on the grounds that the chinese laborers were being introduced to jesus while they were there. presumably, that was between the forced abortions and forced prostitution. i asked him about it when we had him on the show in 2009. his answer was essentially, you know, that was a really long time ago. may have been a long time ago.
Mar 4, 2011 9:00pm EST
to guard the u.s. embassy in kabul. they found a really novel way to spend down time, dancing naked, some in coconut bras ears to celebrate the challenge out of reaching vodka out of hard to reach faces in the rear facing portion of one another's naked bodies. as my grandmother may have put it if she were still watching from this point, they drank spirits from each other's nothers. scott walker improperly fired the union security guys, brought in wackenhut instead. took $5 off the wages, slashed benefits. wackenhut hired a man with a criminal record who had done jail time and put him in charge of security at milwaukee courthouses and other city buildings. now because the courts ruled that mr. walker did all of that improperly under the very transparent cover of a ginned up financial emergency, sound familiar? milwaukee is locked into paying double right now for a service it already has. the old union security guards are back, and they still have wackenhut on the job as well. the journal sentinel noting that none of the annual savings mr. walker promised from his union busting in milwaukee
Mar 10, 2011 9:00pm EST
hurdle to make it harder for students to vote. the u.s. supreme court has affirmed that if you are living somewhere to attend college there you can vote there. but that doesn't mean republicans have to make it easy. so no student i.d.s. in new hampshire republicans are trying the same deal. >> the kids coming out of the school and basically doing what i did when i was a kid, voting as a liberal. you know, that's what kids do. they don't have life experience and they just vote their feelings. >> stupid kids. that new hampshire republican legislator there has introduced legislation that would only let college students vote in their college towns if they or their parents had previously established permanent residency there. another new hampshire bill would end election day registration, which would disproportionately impact first-time voters and young voters, who, again, are more likely to vote democratic. over in texas they're dealing with a massive $27 billion budget deficit. in order to deal with that state's disastrous budget emergency, republican governor rick perry has introduced five